Even though we may be apart, we have never been closer together.
In our worldwide isolation, we have a beautiful association. We have unity as humanity functioning as one global community.
It’s a rare gift we are able to receive during this unprecedented time. Over the last several years (in particular), division [within the United States] has pulled us further away from each other as we have been navigating a polarizing climate of cultural views, opinions and beliefs. Yet, today, this uncontrollable, uncontainable virus that is killing people one by one is somehow able to breathe life back into humanity while bringing us closer together.
It’s a gift desperately wanted, wrapped in an unexpected package.
So many of us, myself included, have been guilty of striving without any sign of truly thriving or making much progression. Culture tells us we can do anything, be anything, and have anything if only we dedicate our time and energy and keep on keeping on. The problem, besides this not being attainable, is that it is running humanity into the ground. We are exhausted, overwhelmed, overworked, and still, unfulfilled. This is why I am choosing to see this time as a gift and specifically for myself, an answered prayer to my relentless prayers of seeking the fruit of the Spirit (because you guys, being quarantined at home for an undetermined amount of time with five children will surely, most likely, drive a mama mad and please, Lord Jesus, send Your Spirit upon me! I will not be able to survive, I mean, thrive, through this without Your mercy, strength and patience!!!). So yeah, I see this time as a blessing because the alternative will destroy my spirit while stealing my joy and robbing me of the truth that God is still GOOD.
May our hope in the Lord’s sovereignty remain because the vulnerability of the current season we are experiencing allows the enemy easy ability to pounce when our guard is down. Social distancing and physical isolation encourage us to slow our pace, revel in rest, be still and present, and acknowledge the many blessings we so often take for granted. This is all good and great, but, like history has shown us, what God has made good and has gifted the enemy will do everything in his power to try to take away.
The enemy will use this virus to try to eliminate humanity while isolating humanity so we are left alone in our own thoughts, worries and fears. When we aren’t able to physically do life with other people and experience noise and interaction outside of the walls of our homes, we are more vulnerable to listen and be persuaded by the voices inside of our head.
Are they whispers of truth or beckons of lies?
In the quiet, in the stillness, in the isolation, it is easy to hear these voices, but it is our choice whether we will be influenced by them. This is why it is vitally important we are reminded we are not alone in this fight and in this season of physical distancing. The enemy has won in physically distancing us, but we can win by emotionally, relationally, and spiritually coming together. We were made for community and relationship – what God has created no man can destroy.
We can do this by old fashioned letter writing or being outside in your neighborhood (safely distancing yourself as you interact with your neighbors, perhaps some for the first time ever). Digital message boards, websites or apps allow us access to seek, assist or offer help to those who are directly affected by this pandemic. Technology is also our best friend during this time – utilizing social media, text messaging, email, and FaceTime can allow us to communicate, relate, encourage and support one another. And of course, prayer is our most powerful defense to not just conquer this crisis but to strengthen our relationship with our Heavenly Father and Ruler of the Universe.
Friend, we are not alone. These are challenging times with a mountain of uncertainty ahead, but together we can climb and make it to the other side.
Together, we can unite. We can become a community of one.
“He has done this intentionally so that every member would look after the others with mutual concern, and so that there will be no division in the body. In that way, whatever happens to one member happens to all. If one suffers, everyone suffers. If one is honored, everyone rejoices. You are the body of the Anointed One, and each of you is a unique and vital part of it.” ~ 1 Corinthians 12:25-27 (TPT)
“I want very much to see you and give you some spiritual gift to make your faith stronger. I mean that I want us to help each other with the faith that we have. Your faith will help me, and my faith will help you.” ~ Romans 1:11-12 (ERV)
“We should keep on encouraging each other to be thoughtful and to do helpful things. Some people have gotten out of the habit of meeting for worship, but we must not do that. We should keep on encouraging each other, especially since you know that the day of the Lord’s coming is getting closer.” ~ Hebrews 10:24-25 (CEV)